Igniting change

Reaching further

Every child born with a neural tube defect deserves the chance to live a happy and independent life

Igniting change
Reaching further

Every child born with a neural tube defect deserves the chance to live a happy and independent life

Since 2009, ReachAnother has provided
life-saving surgery for more than 7,500 babies with hydrocephalus & spina bifida IN ETHIOPIA

ReachAnother provides capacity-building knowledge and technologies that have changed hearts and minds, and instilled compassion and competence into the conversation of how to address neural tube defects. Our success is rooted in our commitment to sustainable partnerships with local Ethiopian healthcare systems and hospital staff. 




Neurosurgeons Trained

They are our boots on the ground. Their skills and dedication save lives every day.

Surgeries Performed

We are in it for the babies. Treatment of neural tube defects is our priority.

Centers of Excellence

Our centers aim to provide the best multi-disciplinary care in pediatric neurosurgery.

Volunteer Hours Annually

Volunteers perform 90% of the work of ReachAnother Foundation.

“We’re here to reach another child. To change another life. To go further, do more, exceed not just our grasp but every expectation of what we thought was possible.”
Dr. Marinus Koning

Founder & President

10 Years of ReachAnother


We are pleased to present the first graduate cohort of nurses with specialized training to treat babies born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (SBH).

These nurses are now equipped with the skills and knowledge to change lives by delivering the highest level of care to SBH babies. We are so proud to work with our Ethiopian partners at the Center of Excellence in Bahir Dar.




Featured NEWS & EVENTS


What are spina bifida and hydrocephalus?

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects that affect a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain.

Normally, a fetus’ neural tube develops into their brain, spinal cord, and spinal column, but if a mother does not have sufficient folic acid in her diet during pregnancy the neural tube does not fully form or close completely.

Spina bifida, “open back,” occurs when the spine has failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Surgery is needed to close the defect immediately after birth to prevent infection and preserve the existing function in the spinal nerves. Approximately 90% of babies born with spina bifida are also impacted by hydrocephalus, “water on the brain.”

Babies born with hydrocephalus suffer a fluid build up in their brain, which causes an enlarged head and, if untreated, will cause brain damage and death. Treatment of hydrocephalus consists of implanting a shunt to drain the excess fluid. When treated in a timely fashion, the overwhelming majority of these babies can go on to lead healthy lives.

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“It was incredible to be able to volunteer in the hospital as a medical student and watch as the life of a child with hydrocephalus was forever changed. But it also gave me the chance to realize that giving a life to one child also means helping that child's mother, father, family and loved ones. It provides the community with hope to know that someone cares and is willing to help.”

Lacey Menkin MD

Orlando, Florida Medical Student

We are committed to

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

John Moseley, PHD

Board Member

John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has received multiple awards for his research there, at SRI, and at UO. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the AAAs, is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, in America, and in the World. He has participated at the National and International level in numerous scientific and educational committees and activities. At the local level, he has participated in a number of research, economic development, and arts related initiatives.

Dr. Moseley retired in 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Eugene, OR.
John has participated in visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015 and 2017.

"My wife Susan and I first became interested in the work in Ethiopia through our friendship with Dick and Patricia. After attending a fund-raising dinner in Bend in 2012, my wife we hosted one in Eugene, and became increasingly involved, so when I was asked to join the Board in 2014 I was more than happy to do so. Participating with the team in Ethiopia in 2015 helped me to realize the effectiveness and potential of this effort, and I have appreciated the opportunity to help ever since."

We’re in it for the babies. For the families.
For Ethiopia. For the world.
We are dedicated to this work, our human family and to one another.
We are united to transform.
We are a catalyst for change.